Bloomington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau – 2021 Back-To-School Giveaway – Win $500.00 USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores restaurants and attractions located in Mall of America

Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau
2021 Back-to-School Giveaway
Official Rules
OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR
PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE OR IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
1. GIVEAWAY DESCRIPTION: Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau’s BACK-TO-SCHOOL
GIVEAWAY (the “Giveaway”) is sponsored by the Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau located at
2131 Lindau Lane, Suite 420, Bloomington, MN 55425, USA (the “Sponsor”).
2. ELIGIBILITY: The Giveaway is open to individual persons who are at least eighteen (18) years
old at the time of entry, who are legal residents of the United States or Canada (excluding the
Province of Quebec), and who are not otherwise prohibited from participating in the Giveaway as
provided in these Official Rules (the “Entrants”). The Giveaway is subject to all applicable local, state,
and federal laws and regulations, and is void outside the United States and Canada and in the
Province of Quebec, Canada and where otherwise prohibited or restricted by law. Any employees,
officers, directors, or representatives of the Sponsor (including its divisions, subsidiaries, affiliates,
and advertising or promotional agencies) or suppliers (including their respective divisions,
subsidiaries, affiliates, and advertising or promotional agencies) providing the Prize or other materials
or services in connection with the Giveaway or any person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf
of any governmental entity or organization, branch of any government, government department or
agency, or political party (whether local, state, or federal), including, but not limited to, a
government-owned or controlled company, and the immediate family members (defined as parents,
spouses, children, siblings, grandparents, and their respective spouses) or members of the same
household (whether or not related) of any of the foregoing are not eligible to enter the Giveaway or
win the Prize.
3. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The entry period for the Giveaway begins at 12:00 p.m. Central Time
(“CT”) on Thursday, July 22, 2021 and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 26, 2021. (the
“Giveaway Period”).
HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Giveaway, go to https://www.bloomingtonmn.org/promo/back-to-
school-giveaway (the “Giveaway Website”) and follow the online instructions to access the entry form.
A complete entry consists of the following which must be provided on the entry form: hotel selection,
first name, last name, email address, country of resident, and zip code.
All entries must be in the English language. Incomplete entries are void. Proof of entry will not be
deemed proof of receipt by the Sponsor. Only one (1) entry per person per email address per day will
be accepted during the Giveaway Period. For purposes of these Official Rules, a “day” is defined as any
time period during the Giveaway Period beginning each day at 12:00 a.m. CT and ending each day at
11:59 p.m. CT. Entries received in excess of the stated limitation will be void. The Sponsor will not
accept entries by phone, mail, email, fax, or any other method not specifically permitted herein or if
not received during the Giveaway Period.
4. SELECTION OF PRIZE WINNER(S): On or about August 27, 2021, one (1) potential Grand
prize winner will be randomly selected from among all eligible entries received during the Giveaway
Period. The eight (8) hotel and gift card winners will be randomly selected on or about August 27,
2021. In order to be declared a winner by the Sponsor, the potential winner(s) must be in compliance
with these Official Rules and, in particular, the following:
a. A representative of the Sponsor must be able to reach the potential winner
independently by email informing him/her that he/she is the potential winner subject to complying
with the Official Rules. The potential winner is required to respond to the email notification within a
forty-eight (48) hour period of the sending of the email. The potential winner shall receive an email
confirmation that his/her email response was received soon after. If the potential winner is
unreachable during this timeframe, such potential winner forfeits his/her Prize and another potential
winner shall be selected from the remaining eligible entries and the same procedure shall be followed
as noted in these Official Rules. Return of email prize notification as undeliverable may result in
disqualification and an alternate potential winner may be drawn.
b. The potential winner must complete, sign, and return a standard form Affidavit of
Eligibility, Release of Liability, and (where permitted by law) a Publicity Release prepared by the
Sponsor within three (3) business days from the date on which the form is sent to the potential
winner. If the potential winner is a Canadian resident (excluding the Province of Quebec), he/she must
answer an unaided time-limited arithmetic skill-testing question as an additional condition to receiving
the Prize.
c. The winner will be contacted via email as provided in the entry form. The winner will
be required to furnish proof of official government photo identification such as a driver’s license or
passport.
d. The Prize is only redeemable on certain dates provided by the Sponsor, and in the
event that the winner cannot attend on any or all of the date(s) for any portion of the Prize or is not
permitted to use any or all of the Prize, the winner forfeits that portion of the Prize and any expenses
in connection therewith are the sole responsibility of the winner.
If a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the Sponsor reserves the right to
disqualify such Entrant from the Giveaway and randomly select further Entrant(s) from the remaining
eligible entries until a winner is finally declared. The Sponsor reserves the right not to award the Prize
if the Sponsor is unable to declare a potential winner a winner within a reasonable timeframe, which
shall be subject to the Sponsor’s sole discretion. All entries become the sole property of, and are
subject to verification by, the Sponsor and in no case shall be acknowledged or returned to the
Entrant except for the potential winner, who will be contacted by email.
5. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning the Prize depend on the number of eligible entries
received during the Giveaway Period.
6. PRIZE: In the Giveaway, one (1) Grand prize and eight (8) hotel and gift card prizes consisting
of the following will be awarded:
Grand Prize:
$500.00
USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores, restaurants and
attractions located in Mall of America.
Total prize approximate value: $500.00
USD
8 Runners-Up Hotel and Attraction Getaway Prizes:
One-night (1) stay at a participating Bloomington hotel
$50.00
USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores, restaurants and
attractions located in Mall of America.
Prize 1:
One-night (1) stay in standard king with breakfast for up to 2 guests at AC Hotel
Bloomington Mall of America. Expires one year – value $125.00
USD
$50.00
USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores, restaurants and
attractions located in Mall of America.
Total ADV: $175.00
USD (collectively, the “Prize 1”)
Prize 2:
One-night (1) stay in a superior guest room at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. $50.00
gift certificate to FireLake Grill House Expires one year – value $239.00
USD
$50.00
USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores, restaurants and
attractions located in Mall of America.
Total ADV: $289.00
USD (collectively, the “Prize 2”)
Prize 3:
One-night (1) stay on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night at Marriott Minneapolis Airport.
Includes breakfast for two. Expires one year – value $149.00
USD
$50.00
USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores, restaurants and
attractions located in Mall of America.
Total ADV: $199.00
USD (collectively, the “Prize 3”)
Prize 4:
One-night (1) weekend stay (Thursday – Sunday) in a Traditional room at Sheraton
Bloomington Hotel. Expires one year – value $149.00
USD
$50.00
USD Gift certificate to Lela Restaurant. Expires one year
$50.00
USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores, restaurants and
attractions located in Mall of America.
Total ADV: $249.00
USD (collectively, the “Prize 4”)
Prize 5:
One-night (1) in King Studio Guestroom stay at TownePlace Suites Minneapolis Mall of
America. Expires one year – value $169.00
USD
$50.00
USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores, restaurants and
attractions located in Mall of America.
Total ADV: $219.00
USD (collectively, the “Prize 5”)
Prize 6:
One-night (1) stay in a studio king at the Element by Westin Bloomington Mall of America.
Valid opening of the hotel through 5/15/2021. – value $318.00
USD
$50.00
USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores, restaurants and
attractions located in Mall of America.
Total ADV: $498 (collectively, the “Prize 6”)
Prize 7:
One-night (1) stay in standard guest room at Renaissance – Minneapolis Bloomington.
Includes breakfast for two in LARS Restaurant. Expires 07/31/2022 – value $199.00
USD
$50.00
USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores, restaurants and
attractions located in Mall of America.
Total ADV: $249.00
USD (collectively, the “Prize 7”)
Prize 8:
One-night (1) stay in a deluxe bunk bed suite at Great Wolf Lodge Bloomington,
Minnesota. Includes breakfast for four (4). Must be booked 2 weeks prior. Expires
11/30/2022 – value $329.00
USD
$50.00
USD Mall of America Gift Card Only valid at participating stores, restaurants and
attractions located in Mall of America.
Total ADV: $379.00
USD (collectively, the “Prize 8”)
7. COSTS AND EXPENSES; DOCUMENTATION: Winner and his/her guest will be responsible for
all (a) costs and expenses associated with Prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being
provided by the Sponsor, including, but not limited to, transportation to the Mall of America in
Bloomington, Minnesota USA and within the State of Minnesota USA, obtaining any necessary travel
documentation, additional meals, gratuities, incidentals, room service, airport departure taxes, excess
baggage costs, personal items, travel and medical insurance, in-room purchases, taxis, any and all
taxes (including income and withholding taxes), and any other costs and expenses connected with the
Prize not specifically mentioned above; (b) providing any tax statements to the Sponsor in connection
with the Prize, including, but not limited to, an IRS W-9 form (for U.S. resident winners) or IRS W8-
BEN form (for non-U.S. resident winners); and (c) providing valid travel documentation, including, but
not limited to, passports, visas, governmental authorizations, and identification documents as
required, and winner acknowledges and agrees that neither Sponsor nor its suppliers of the Prize will
rebook or revise any reservations for the winner (or his/her guest) who do not possess the required
travel documents. IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING NEW PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: As of January 23, 2007, all international travelers must present a
government-issued passport for U.S. Customs re-entry after air, land, or sea travel; for more
information, please visit the U.S. State Department’s consular website, www.travel.state.gov., and the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website, www.dhs.gov. Any unused portion of the Prize is
forfeited and not redeemable for cash value. Winner and guest must comply with all venue rules and
regulations. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of all or part of the Prize. Prize is awarded “as is”
with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. All Prize details are at Sponsor’s sole
discretion. Prize must be accepted as awarded and may not be transferred or substituted or converted
to cash, except the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or substitute any
portion or all of the Prize for its ARV or a prize of approximately the same ARV.
8. PUBLICITY; PERSONAL INFORMATION: By entering the Giveaway, each Entrant irrevocably
consents to the Sponsor’s and its designees’ use of such Entrant’s name, city of residence, country of
residence, photograph, voice, statement, and image for any publicity and advertising purposes, in any
and all media, now or hereafter devised, worldwide in perpetuity, without additional notification,
permission, or compensation, except where prohibited by applicable law. Each Entrant hereby waives
any and all rights of publicity and rights of privacy associated with Sponsor’s and its designees’ use of
the foregoing information in the foregoing manner, to the extent permitted by applicable law.
The Entrants provide personal information on the entry forms. The Sponsor collects and uses this
information (a) to administer the Giveaway; (b) for market research and other marketing purposes;
and (c) to fulfill the Entrant’s requests for the Sponsor’s or its Prize suppliers’ products, programs, and
services, to respond to the Entrant’s inquiries about such offerings, to offer the Entrant other
products, programs, or services that the Sponsor or its Prize suppliers believe may be of interest to
the Entrant, to enforce the legal terms that govern the use of the Giveaway Website, and/or for the
purposes for which the Entrant provides the personal information. The Sponsor may share this
personal information with third parties who need access to this information to perform services on the
Sponsor’s behalf. You have the right of opposition to the data collection. To exercise such right, write
to the Sponsor at 2131 Lindau Lane, Suite 420, Bloomington, MN 55425 USA.
9. GENERAL:
a. In the event of a conflict between these Official Rules and any instructions or
interpretation of these Official Rules given by an employee of the Sponsor, these Official Rules shall
govern and control. In the event of a conflict between these Official Rules and disclosures or other
statements contained in any Giveaway-related materials, including, but not limited to, the Giveaway
entry form, Giveaway Website, or print or online advertising, these Official Rules shall govern and
control. By entering this Giveaway, the Entrants agree to be bound by and accept these Official Rules
and the decisions of the Sponsor (including, but not limited to, decisions regarding eligibility of
entries, the selection of the winner, and the awarding of the Prize), which are final and binding in all
respects. The Sponsor may amend these Official Rules at any time without notice to or the consent of
the Entrants. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, modify, or suspend
the Giveaway if, in the Sponsor’s opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or
non-electronic tampering with any portion of the Giveaway, or if viruses, bugs, unauthorized
intervention, fraud, technical difficulties, or failures or any other factor beyond the Sponsor’s
reasonable control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct
of the Giveaway. In such event, the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to award the Prize
at random from among eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of suspected impairment.
b. Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by accessing the Giveaway
Website will apply. The Sponsor and its suppliers providing the Prize or other materials or services in
connection with this Giveaway, and their respective parents, divisions, subsidiaries, affiliates, and
advertising or promotional agencies, MOAC Mall Holdings LLC, and all of their respective employees,
agents, representatives, officers, and directors (collectively, “Released Parties”) assume no
responsibility or liability for: (1) entries that are lost, stolen, late, delayed, damaged, mutilated,
garbled, incomplete, inaccurate, or misdirected; (2) any problems or technical malfunctions of any
network, unavailable network connection, failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, garbled, or delayed
electronic communications (regardless of whether caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or
programming associated with or utilized in this Giveaway), human error in the processing of entries in
this Giveaway, computer online systems or servers, computer software problems, traffic congestion on
the internet or at any website, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical,
electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing, or otherwise relating to or in connection with
the Giveaway including, but not limited to, the Giveaway Website, errors or difficulties which may
occur in connection with the administration of the Giveaway, the processing of entries, the
announcement of the Prize, or in any Giveaway-related materials; and (3) damage to the Entrant’s or
any person’s computer or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer
“hackers”, arising as a result of participating in this Giveaway. In the event of a dispute as to who
submitted an entry, the entry will be declared made by the Authorized Account Holder of the email
address submitted at the time of entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. “Authorized
Account Holder” is defined as the individual to whom an email address is assigned by the organization
that is responsible for the domain. Should any portion of the Giveaway, in Sponsor’s sole discretion,
be compromised by virus, software defects, non-authorized human intervention, or other causes thus
corrupting or impairing administration, security, fairness, or proper play of this Giveaway, or
submission of entries, the Sponsor may suspend, modify, or terminate the Giveaway and, if
terminated, randomly select the potential winner from among all valid non-suspect, eligible entries
received prior to such action and follow these Official Rules and procedures noted herein.
c. The Released Parties are not responsible for any problem with a Giveaway entry
generated by computer hardware or software malfunction, error, or failure or any printing/production
errors. The Released Parties shall not be liable in the event weather conditions, event cancellations, or
other reasons beyond its control prevent all or part of the Prize from being fulfilled or used. By
entering the Giveaway, each Entrant releases and holds harmless the Released Parties from any
damage, loss, or liability suffered, including personal injury or property damage, as a result of or
arising, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the Entrant’s participation in the Giveaway or
the acceptance and use of the Prize (including any travel or activity related thereto).
d. ANY ATTEMPT TO TAMPER WITH THE ENTRY PROCESS, INTERFERE WITH THE
GIVEAWAY, DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE
GIVEAWAY WEBSITE, OR UNDERMINE THE ADMINISTRATION, SECURITY, OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION
OF THE GIVEAWAY, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND THE SPONSOR RESERVES
THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND/OR OTHER RELIEF (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ALL
PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH ACTS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WHICH MAY
INCLUDE BANNING OR DISQUALIFYING ENTRANTS FROM THIS AND FUTURE GIVEAWAY CONDUCTED
BY THE SPONSOR. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant, and
remove such Entrant’s entry from the Giveaway, who tampers with the entry process or the operation
of the Giveaway, or causes another to do so, or who acts in violation of these Official Rules or any
applicable law or regulation.
e. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect
the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to
be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect
and shall be construed in accordance with the terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not
contained herein. Each Entrant agrees that the Giveaway shall be governed by the laws of the State of
Minnesota, USA and: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected
with the Giveaway shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and
exclusively by state or federal courts situated in Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA; (2) any and all
claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event
attorneys’ fees, except as provided in Section 10.d.; (3) no punitive, incidental, special, consequential,
or other damages, including, but not limited to, lost profits may be awarded (collectively, “Special
Damages”); and (4) each Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim Special Damages. Under no
circumstances shall the Released Parties’ aggregate liability to any Entrant of the Giveaway exceed
One Dollar (US $1.00).
10. OFFICIAL RULES; WINNER’S LIST: The Official Rules are available on the Giveaway Website
and may also be requested by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Sponsor at the
address below by December 31, 2021. To request the name of the winner, send a self-addressed
stamped envelope by December 31, 2021 to:
Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau
2131 Lindau Lane, Suite 420
Bloomington, MN 55425